Stokes joins SA Premier’s office

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Katrina Stokes The Advertiser’s Katrina Stokes has joined government service at the SA Department of the Premier and Cabinet as its newest media advisor.

The department specifically assigned her to work for Child Protection Minister Rachel Sanderson and Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink.

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Henderson earns Men’s Health editorship

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Scott Henderson has been appointed editor and content director of Men’s Health Australia, effective 19 November 2018.

Pacific Magazines CEO Gereurd Roberts said Henderson had proven himself an asset to the publication, with his one-year run as associate digital editor marked by increased audience numbers for Men’s Health Australia. He had also exhibited a drive to build up the brand, Roberts added.

“I’m looking forward to exploring new opportunities for the brand at a time when health is more important to Australians than ever – not just physical health, but mental health, emotional health and beyond. We’ll be finding new ways to engage Aussie men, educating and inspiring them, and making good health accessible to all of them,” said Henderson.

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NBR sets its sights on The Fin

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The Australian Financial Review’s fate under the Nine-Fairfax media merger has attracted attention from Todd Scott, publisher of New Zealand’s National Business Review (NBR).

In an interview today with the Fin’s Max Mason, Scott said he’s considering approaching Nine Entertainment with an offer if Fairfax shareholders vote down the merger in next week’s general meeting.

He hinted a consortium that includes some people in the NBR Rich List are open to pooling resources to make the purchase, which will also put the Fin in a special business news brand that includes NBR and an unnamed partner company in Japan.

Scott added that in case Nine refuses to sell the Financial Review, the group could offer to acquire Fairfax Media’s New Zealand assets instead, including Stuff NZ.

Fresh coat of paint for news.com.au

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NewsCorp Australia’s main content portal, news.com.au, has taken on a new appearance this week.

Available now, the changes include larger images for specific articles as well as an updated wide-screen format and improved load times.

Editor-in-chief Kate de Brito said the improvement of news.com.au came from a need to cater to an audience that frequently visits the site as a leading source of news articles and other material.

“Growing market demands on viewability means we need to deliver inventory of the highest value to our clients. The new homepage includes adhesive, position one, ad formats, which achieve 80% or more in viewability metrics, along with streamlined ad formats. We’ve boosted support for our native product with additional placements to drive audience growth for News Native Networks content,” added website GM Melissa Overman.

Philipson reinvents the travel guide

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Graeme Philipson, a familiar voice in the world of tech, is flipping the humble travel guide on its head.
 
Having written at websites such as iTWire and InnovationAus throughout the past decade, his latest works have tended towards taking a longer form with A Vision Splendid: The History of the Australian Computer Industry, as well as a collection of poetic works, Social Cricket, the Universe and Everything.
 
Now for his next published effort, Philipson is employing his market research and analytical talents to construct a new kind of travel book built on strictly sourced data and the picture it paints of the world’s top destinations.
 
The Top 100 Countries - And Why You Should Visit Them qualitatively ranks Philipson’s top 100 countries of the world according to different criteria which determine the quality of local industry sectors like health, tourism and energy, as well as other important travel factors such as the state of the environment, popul

Delicious.com.au takes on new look

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NewsCorp Australia food portal Delicious.com.au has been given a fresh appearance and an accompanying travel brand named delicious.Travel.

In a launch event at the Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, News Corp Australia lifestyle director Fiona Nilsson and Delicious.com.au editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum showed off the new website.

The site itself has been heavily revamped for easy user functionality, such as better search generation and streamlined menus. Content from News Native Networks and branded materials are also included. Online booking service Dimmi also signed on to integrate its functionalities with the website.  

Delicious.Travel is designed to leverage Delicious.com.au’s lifestyle and food content by adding tourism aspects, such as information on exotic dining destinations. MasterChef Australia judge George Calombaris is onboard, writing a monthly column. Travel agency Helloworld Travel has signed up as a partner for the site.

“Food is at the centre of consu

Byrne aboard at InnovationAus

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Tech and science journalist Seamus Byrne has taken up the role of managing editor at InnovationAus, following a stint at ScienceAlert as the site’s managing editor.
 
He joins the independent publication set up by veteran journalist James Riley with a view to helping evolve how the site promotes and packages its content, as well as to take some of the management load off Riley.

"The site has grown a lot over the last three years. From the site and newsletter as a beginning, it now has heavy-hitting event structures around it. But the team has remained really lean, James and Corrie at the helm with a small crew of great writers in support. I've come in to explore new routines and structures to help keep it growing in line with the big plans James and Corrie have for the site for 2019 and beyond," Byrne says.
 
“I'm excited to find the ways I can help InnovationAus explore new ideas and keep pushing beyond the daily news cycle and looking furthe

FIVEaa to host Nine News bulletins

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Radio station FIVEaa is set to carry weekday bulletins from Nine News.

Under a new content-share partnership starting on November 12, 2018, FIVEaa will carry live audio of Nine News Adelaide’s 12noon-12:30PM broadcast, hosted by Brenton Ragless, Kate Collins, and Will McDonald.

The broadcast will be followed by FIVEaa’s revamped afternoon schedule, with Alan Hickey’s afternoon show from 12:30PM to 3PM, Conversations with Cornesy from 3PM-4PM, and 4PM-6PM for Sports Show with Rowey & Bicks.

FIVEaa manager Craig Munn said the partnership will complement the station’s lineup of quality announcers with content highly relevant to South Australia residents.

“As a business, we are thrilled with this partnership and it’s a very exciting opportunity to broadcast our bulletin to a different audience – many of whom may not be Nine viewers,” added Nine News managing director Sean O’Brien.

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